Christian Thought and Culture II: The Disenchantment of the World: Modernity, Secularity, Naturalism

Speaker(s): Bruce Guenther, Bruce Hindmarsh, Craig Gay, Dennis Danielson, Don Lewis, Hans Boersma, Iain Provan, James K.A. Smith, John Stackhouse, Maxine Hancock, Miriam Adeney, Paul Williams, Peter Harris, Sarah Williams
Date: Winter 2006
Length: 22:11:44
Product ID: RGMP3605S

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Along with Christian Thought & Culture I, this course is intended to provide a historical, theological and cultural complement to Old Testament and New Testament Foundations. The aim is to provide students with the opportunity, within an historical framework, to reflect upon Christian faith and character and upon Christianity and culture. By the end of the course the student should grasp something of the comprehensiveness of our life in Christ as displayed in the Christian tradition. Lectures included are;

  • The Ongoing Story: Church & Culture S. Williams
  • The Book of the Cosmos D. Danielson
  • Why the Reformation? Or When Does Truth Triumph Unity D. Lewis
  • The Protestant Reformation: Gains & Losses H. Boersma
  • The Anabaptist (or Radical) Reformation: Neither Catholic Nor Protestant B. Guenther
  • The End of Christendom & the Rise of Evangelical Pietism B. Hindmarsh
  • The Three Waves of Modernity B. Hindmarsh
  • The Disenchantment of the World: Modernity, Secularity, Naturalism J. Smith
  • Literacy, Literature & the Christian Faith M. Hancock
  • Global Christianity: Where Are We? How Did We Get Here? D. Lewis
  • The Historical-Critical Turn in Biblical Studies & Its Outcomes I. Provan
  • Why I Am (Still) An Evangelical J. Stackhouse
  • The Condition of Postmodernity C. Gay
  • Understanding Globalization P. Williams
  • Is Caring for Creation a Christian Imperative? P. Harris
  • Vocation: Choice, Calling & Discernment P. Williams
  • The Global Churh in the 21st Century M. Adeney
  • Panel Discussion
  • The Cross in Evangelical Doctrine H. Boersma
  • 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' B. Hindmarsh & M. Hancock
  • DVD: Introducing A Rocha
  • See All Audio by Bruce Guenther Bruce Hindmarsh Craig Gay Dennis Danielson Don Lewis Hans Boersma Iain Provan James K.A. Smith Maxine Hancock Miriam Adeney Paul Williams Peter Harris Sarah Williams

    Bruce Guenther is Associate Professor of Church History and Mennonite Studies at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary part of ACTS on the TWU campus. B.A. (Providence College); M.C.S. (Regent College); Ph.D (McGill).

    Bruce Hindmarsh is the James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College. He also serves as the President of the American Society of Church History. He is author of John Newton and the English Evangelical Tradition: Between the Conversion of Wesley and Wilberforce and The Evangelical Conversion Narrative, and his articles have appeared in Church History and the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

    Craig Gay is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Regent College. He also serves as the editor for Crux, a quarterly journal of Christian thought and opinion published by faculty and alumni of Regent College. He is author of Dialogue, Catalogue and Monologue, Cash Values: The Value of Money the Nature of Worth, The Way of the (Modern) World, and With Liberty and Justice for Whom?. He has been published in Christian Scholar's Review, American Journal of Sociology, Crux, and Markets & Morality, and he is the co-editor (with C. Peter Molloy) of The Way of Truth in the Present Age.

    Dennis Danielson is Professor and Associate Head of English at UBC. Upon completing a BA at the University of Victoria (1972) he studied Intellectual History at Sussex (MA, 1973) and English Literature at Oxford and Stanford (PhD, 1979). After beginning his career at the University of Ottawa he took up a tenured position at UBC in 1986. Danielson has served in the Faculty of Arts as chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the UBC Essay Competition, member of the Dean's Tenure and Promotion Committee, and pioneer member of Foundations, an interdisciplinary integrated First Year program. He has also acted as a freelance critic on traffic and the environment at UBC. He is actively engaged in research linking the humanities and the sciences, and his work on the history of cosmology has recently received attention in both scientific and popular media. For the year 2002 he is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

    Donald M. Lewis is Professor of Church History at Regent College and is the Secretary of the Anglican Studies Program. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is author of Lighten Their Darkness: The Evangelical Mission to Working-Class London, 1828-1860, The Future Shape of Anglican Ministry, and The Origins of Christian Zionism: Evangelical Support for a Jewish Homeland, as well as editor of Christianity Re-born: The Global Expansion of Evangelicalism in the 20th Century and The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1730-1860.

    Hans Boersma is the J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of several books, including Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition, Nouvelle Theologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery, Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry, and Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach.

    Iain W. Provan is the E. Marshall Shepherd Professor of Biblical Studies (Old Testament) at Regent College. He has previously taught at King's College London, the University of Wales, and the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why it Matters, Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was, commentaries on 1 & 2 Kings, Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs, and Lamentations, and co-author (with V. Phillips Long and Tremper Longman III) of A Biblical History of Israel. He is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

    James K.A. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, holding the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. He is author of many books, including Discipleship in the Present Tense: Reflections on Faith and Culture, Thinking in Tongues: Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy, and Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-Secular Theology.

    John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development at Crandall University in New Brunswick. Prior to this, he was the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent College. He serves as an advisory editor at Christianity Today, a contributing editor at Books & Culture, and a columnist for Faith Today. He is the author of eight books, including Need to Know: Vocation as the Heart of Christian Epistemology, Making the Best of It: Following Christ in the Real World, and Can God be Trusted?: Faith and the Challenge of Evil, as well as the co-author, editor, and co-editor of seven more. His articles have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic, Time, and Reader's Digest.

    Maxine Hancock is Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Spiritual Theology at Regent College. Among her books are several on family relationships, including Living on Less and Liking in More, Re-evaluating Your Commitments and Creative, Confident, Children, as well as a study on John Bunyan in A Key in the Window: Marginal Notes in Bunyan's Narratives. She received the Word Guild's Leslie K. Tarr Award in 1990 for her contribution to Christian writing in Canada, and the Leading Women's Award in Communications and Media in 2004 for her leadership in communicating the Christian faith in Canada.

    Miriam Adeney is Associate Professor of World Christian Studies at Seattle Pacific University. She is author of several books, including Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity, Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges With Muslim Women, and How to Write: A Christian Writer's Guide.

    Paul Williams is Research Professor of Marketplace Theology & Leadershipnat Regent College. Previously, he was Chief Economist and Head of International Research for DTZ Holdings, an international real estate consulting and investment banking group headquartered in London, UK.

    Peter Harris is International Co-ordinator for the A Rocha Trust, an international Christian organization working in conservation.

    Sarah Williams is Research Professor of Church History at Regent College. Previously, she held research and teaching positions at the University of Birmingham, Harris Manchester College at Oxford, and Lincoln College at Oxford. She is author of Religious Belief and Popular Culture, The Shaming of the Strong, and co-author of Redefining Christian Britain. She has written a number of articles and reviews for academic journals such as Past and Present, The Urban History Yearbook, The Journal of Victorian Culture, The Journal of the Oral History Society, Archives De Sciences Sociales Des Religions, and The Journal of Nineteenth Century Studies. She has contributed to European Religion in the Age of Great Cities (Hugh McLeod ed.), and worked on a collaborative research project that was published as Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800-1940.

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